Monday, November 12, 2007

ARTICLE: Bolivia approves UN declaration on Indigenous rights

Bolivia Approves U.N. Declaration of Indigenous Rights

Friday, November 9th, 2007

In news from Latin America, Bolivia has become the first country to approve the U.N. declaration of indigenous rights. The U.N. General Assembly passed the sweeping declaration of rights for indigenous peoples last month granting native peoples the "right to self-determination". This is Bolivia's President Evo Morales, the country's first indigenous leader.

* Evo Morales: "We are the first country to turn this declaration into a law and that is important, brothers and sisters. We recognize and salute the work of our representatives. But if we were to remember the indigenous fight clearly, many of us who are sensitive would end up crying in remembering the discrimination, the scorn."

The U.N. declaration of indigenous rights was approved last month with an overwhelming 143 votes in favor. Only the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand voted against the declaration.

[Source: Headlines for November 9, 2007 ]

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